The Tempinis diaries

December 6, 2007

Harakah’s Unsubstantiated Allegations Against the UKM Vice Chancellor

Filed under: education — Tags: , , — toru @ 3:02 pm

It seems that there is a lot of interest over Dr. Tan Hock Lim’s appointment at UKM. Harakah seems to be in a state of frenzy over this appointment – they have thrown a lot of wild and unsubstantiated allegations against the Vice-Chancellor of UKM. To me, the real issue is whether UKM overpaid for Dr. Tan’s services (an alleged RM 8 million over a period of 4 years). As I said in my last post, I don’t really know what are the salaries for superstar doctors and what kind of superstar doctor Dr. Tan is. Instead of making these wild allegations against the Vice-Chancellor of UKM, Harakah should show a table of comparable salaries of top scientists in other jurisdictions. If RM 8 million is really off the salary scale, then Harakah does have a case against the UKM Vice Chancellor. It has been reported in the New York Times that salaries for top scientists at Singapore’s Biopolis are “lavish”. And Singapore’s star recruit, Edison Liu, is rumoured to be living in a suite in the Four Seasons. I am afraid that these days, the top scientists do demand top salaries.

Of course, hiring superstar professors is not the panacea to the problem of declining standards at Malaysian universities. The real challenge is how to harnest such a top scientist like Dr. Tan to bring up the standards of our local scientist. More on that in posts to come.

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  1. […] ill-will and jealousy in and outside UKM that Sharifah Hapsah is now subject to (in my opinion, wholly unjustifable) attacks by Harakah. Change needs to be handled sensitively and incrementally in […]

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